We are now just a few months away from the college football season starting. That, of course, all depends on the coronavirus. I have a good feeling that it will start on time and there will be fans. In saying that, the college football experts have ranked the schedules of all the college football teams in the country. One of those teams, I cover, is the University of South Florida Bulls. The Bulls have the second hardest schedule.
The USF Bulls also have a new face as the head coach in Jeff Scott. Scott comes from Clemson University. He was an assistant to Dabo Sweeny. Sweeny has the Clemson Tigers as one of the best programs in the country. Coach Scott now is at the helm of a program that is coming off a terrible final season under Charlie Strong. The coronavirus will make it hard. Especially with no spring game or football.
The only team that has it harder than the USF Bulls is the South Carolina Gamecocks. Which may not be good news for Coach Scott. On the other hand, he relishes that the schedule will be so difficult. He says that this is the root of a championship program. The Bulls opponents went a combined 97-57. That equates to .629 winning percentage. Five teams won at least 10 games including four of those teams in the AAC. The same conference that the Bulls play in. Those teams were the Navy Midshipman, Cincinnati Bearcats, Memphis Tigers and in-state rival the UCF Golden Knights. The other double win team was the FAU Owls which the Bulls visit in Boca Raton, Florida on September 26th. The season begins on the road on September 5th when they travel to Austin, Texas to play the Texas Longhorns. The Longhorns went 8-5 last year.
The Bulls’ first home game will be against the Bethune-Cookman Panthers. The Panthers went 7-4 in the MEAC. The next game is at home against Nevada Wolf Pack which went 7-6. The last time the two teams played was 2012 in which the USF Bulls came back in a 32-31 win. Then they travel to play former coach Willie Taggart and the FAU Owls.
The following week on October 3rd USF is on the road against the Cincinnati Bearcats. The Bulls lost a heartbreaker last year on the final play which was a game-winning field goal. After the Bearcats they come home to play the ECU Pirates whom they defeated last year. Then it’s back on the road against the Temple Owls. In fact, the Bulls should have beat the Owls last year but lost 17-7. Then they come home to play the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes, a team they have played well.
The final four games there are two on the road and two at home. The two road games come in back to back weeks. The first one came against the Memphis Tigers. The Tigers crushed the USF Bulls last year at home. Then they travel to play the Houston Cougars who the Bulls have struggled with in the past. After that, the Bulls return home to play against the Navy Midshipmen. The Midshipmen handed the Bulls a bad loss a year ago in Annapolis. The final game is against the hated UCF Golden Knights. This game has been one-sided as the Knights have won this game in the past few years. It will be an interesting season and I heard that many believe that a good season would be 6-6 or 7-5. Either way coach Scott will have the Bulls ready for the 2020 season.
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